Lufkin Police release ID of woman whose body was found on Thursday

Joy Bybee mug shot from July courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Joy Bybee mug shot from July courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police have released the identity of a woman whose body was found near a Lufkin bridge Thursday evening.

Joy Yvonne Bybee, 48, of Lufkin, was found around 5 p.m. near the bridge between Timberland Drive and Chestnut Village Shopping Center.

Police have not yet determined a cause of Bybee's death.

Detectives are treating the investigation as if it's a murder to make sure they don't miss any evidence. Still, some drive-by wanting to know more.

"I don't have to go this way because Timberland is right there, but I wanted to seeing the story last night," Misty Pyle said. "Curiosity mostly."

Joyce Bernet also stopped by the bridge.

She recognized Bybee as a customer at the Chestnut Village Dollar General where she works.

"She's been in the store several times, but I don't know her personally or anything," Bernet said. "I just remember her saying that we got the same name nearly."

Bybee has several alcohol-related arrests on her record, including one in July.

GODTEL Ministries said she stayed in their Lufkin homeless mission for a week in March.

"It's heartbreaking because we're here to make people's lives better and so when people aren't able to make that step, it breaks our hearts," said Martin Baker with GODTEL Lufkin.

She wasn't any trouble, but Baker said she was an alcoholic who couldn't let go of her addiction.

"She wanted to drink, so she left and started drinking," Baker said.

Investigators spent hours under the bridge trying to collect any evidence that might lead them to what caused her death.

"We've got all available manpower for a situation like this and we're going to get as much evidence as we can," Lufkin Police Department Det. J.B. Smith said. "The quicker you can gather the evidence, the more likely you are to solve the situation."

Police are asking for an autopsy and toxicology report to be performed to get more insight into what caused her death.

Bybee also has a felony arson conviction out of Pampa County.

If you have any information on her death, call the Lufkin Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 639-TIPS to remain anonymous.

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